BAGUIO CITY, July 23 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) reiterates its public advisory for people to continue to be vigilant of possible threat of moderate to heavy rains being brought by the Southwest monsoon or Habagat, with 44 incidents of landslides and soil erosions recorded in the region since July 15.
Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Operations Officer Ferdinand Tamulto, in the CRDRRMC Response Cluster meeting presented the latest Situational Report of the Council’s Emergency Operation Center, which involves the effects of Habagat enhanced by the passing of tropical storms Henry and Inday and Tropical Depression Josie.
Of the 44 landslide incidents, Baguio City has the most with 23 followed by Benguet with nine. The worst was the landslide incident in Bontoc, Mountain Province on July 16 where a rock fell into a moving vehicle resulting to one death and one injury based on the CRDRRMC situational report.
Seven national roads in Cordillera were also affected by landslides and soil erosions including Kennon Road that has been closed to motorists since June 17 as a safety precaution because of its vulnerability to landslides.
Department of Education – Cordillera also bared that 24 public elementary and high schools in different parts of the region reported damages to classrooms, building and retaining walls due to erosion or landslides.
DepEd Regional DRRM Coordinator Evangeline Malag said validation of damages as well as other possible hazards that need to be addressed are ongoing.
In terms of affected population, the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development – CAR reported 76 families or 340 individuals in the Cordillera have been affected by heavy rains due to enhanced habagat.
Aside from the prepositioned family food packs, DSWD delivered additional 200 packs each to Baguio City and Lamut, Ifugao while augmentation involving around P4.6 million -worth of family packs and P1.1 million-worth of non – food items are being delivered to 55 other Cordillera local government units.
DSWD -CAR Regional Director Janet Armas, who presided the meeting, called for a follow – up meeting for the Response Cluster for the finalization of reports and to look into the needed and appropriate response action from the CRDRRMC.
Meanwhile, Ceferino Hulipas of PAGASA Baguio reported that PAGASA is monitoring a new Low Pressure Area 1,230 kilometer East of Southern Luzon which may develop into a tropical depression. (PIA CAR)